The influential New Jersey punk-rock band The Misfits — billed as The Original Misfits and featuring original singer-songwriter Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only as well as longtime lead guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein — will perform at the Prudential Center in Newark, July 8, with The Gaslight Anthem and Fear opening.
Tickets go on sale March 24 at 10 a.m., with pre-sales beginning March 22; visit ticketmaster.com.
The show is part of a very limited series of summer shows that will also include stops at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa (with Megadeth and Fear), June 24, and the Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre in Phoenix (with AFI and Fear), July 15.
Although The Gaslight Anthem’s brand of rock is very different from The Misfits’, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon is a longtime fan. He explained in a 2020 interview:
“When I was very young, I heard The Clash and Minor Threat, everybody, awesome. I did not see the difference between them and Bob Dylan, the difference between the things my mom was influencing me with and the things I was discovering on my own. They’re all colliding. There’s definitely no difference between Elvis Presley and the Ramones, that’s very close. Even the Misfits, they just brought in horror. I saw it as Americana storytelling. People don’t separate movies like that, when they talk about old movies, they include ‘Casablanca,’ and then John Wayne and the ‘Creature From the Black Lagoon.’ And they’re all three different genres, but they’re all the same classic America. That’s how I saw music.
“The Internet wasn’t invented yet, so I didn’t have any message boards to shame me for listening to all this stuff. So I just let it in. I grew up in such a small town that there wasn’t exposure to any of this stuff. I was just finding cassettes that looked cool to me, like, ‘What’s that Misfits skull?’ So there wasn’t any preconceived notion about what these things were, to me it was all just one.”
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